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Captain James Irvin MAHAN/James MIller/ Catherine Mahan/Miller

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Captain James Irvin MAHAN/James MIller/ Catherine Mahan/Miller

Posted: 7 Feb 2007 10:54PM GMT
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Captain James Irvin MAHAN Born 2 Dec 1755 Winchester, Virginia
Died 17 Dec 1839 Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri
Buried, Liggett Cemetery , Married Nancy Ann GOODWIN 1775/1780
Winchester, Frederick, Virginia d/o Benjamin GOODWIN and Hannah URQUHART. Monongahela Valley Region. James stated that while living on the Monongahela River he enlisted as and served as a spy. Among his officers he lists Lieut. John MAHAN (his brother) and also Captain David Scott. In his pension application, James MAHAN told of moving to Greene County, Tennessee, which was then North Carolina. James MAHAN enlisted in the fall of 1775 and served two years and seven months. He applied for pension at Whitley County, Kentucky on October 19, 1833.

James and his brother John MAHAN appeared in Green County, Tennessee, together in 1787. Greene County was later split into several counties; James was living in an area that became Sevier County. James then moved to Knox County, Kentucky sometime between 1796 and 1800 and subsequently moved to old Cahawba County (now Bibb County) Alabama. He is listed in the 1830 Bibb County census .

James Mahan was in the Continental Army During the Revolutionary War, he was stationed near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Fort Pitt. James , was later known to have moved to Greene County, Tennessee, where he was a Captain under General Sevier. James applied for a pension in Whitley County, Kentucky sometime in 1833.

U.S. Census for the years of 1800, 1820, and 1850, show James Mahan in Knox County, Kentucky
U.S. Census for the years of 1830, page 108 and 1840, page 120, show James Mahan in Bibb County, Alabama.
Deed Book 1 page 22, 24 March 1820, Whitley County, Kentucky

State of Kentucky
Whitley County

On the 19th day of October A.D. 1833, personally appeared before me, Preston C. Berry, a Justice of the peace for Whitley County, Kentucky, James Mahan, a resident of said county and state aforesaid, aged 78 years, who being first duely sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declarations in order to obtain the benefits of congress passed June 7th, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. That he volunteered on the 4th of May 1774 under Captain Jacob Drenin as an Indian spy, that he then lived in the state of Virginia on the Monongahela river and marched thence to Fort Pitt, and from there crossed the Ohio and marched against Shawnee Indians on the Scioto river and was engaged in actual service not less than six months. That he then, in the fall of 1775, enlisted at Fort Pitt under Captain Aston and was stationed at Fort Pitt and was detained there to guard the Indian prisoners until they were dismissed and sent home. During the time he was at Fort Pitt, Captain Aston was killed by a man by the name of Dedrick Smith. He states that he was in actual service under Captain Aston not less than one year and was discharged. That he then enlisted under Captain Gibson at Fort Pitt to move to WIlliamsburg. By the solicitation of the people on the frontier and at Fort Pitt he put another man in his place and he continued at Fort Pitt as a spy and guard under Captain David Scott, Lieutenant John Mahan, who was under Colonel Crawford for at least six months and was discharged. That he then volunteered under Captain McFarland who was under General McIntosh and marched against the Indians at Tuscarawas river and built Fort Laurens. That he then served on this campaign not less that seven months and was discharged sometime in the winter and returned home on the Monongahela raiver and remained inactive until the March following. He then recieved intelligence that the Indians, with some British, had besieged Fort Laurens. He called a meeting of the people (as militia) to raise a company to march to the relief of Fort Laurens. He went and he raised a company. A difference took place between him and a man by the name of John Thompson who was a Tory or unfriendly to the American cause. He, Thompson, abused the men in the fort, and the Americans, and swore athey ought all to be scalped. And that created the insult and a personal engagement insued in which engagement he recieved a severe wound in tahe abdomen, in consequence of which wound he was unable for the service about 12 months. That he volunteered and was engaged as a spy on the frontier under Captain Robert Ferrell from spring to the fall of the year, a term no less than six months and was discharged. That he the removed to Green County, Tennessee. That he the volunteered as a captain and raised a company of militia and joined Colonel Sevier and marched against the Cherokee nation and was in two small engagements at Highwasa and Chilhawa. That he was engaged on this expedition as captain not less than six months and was discharged. He states that he got discharges for some of the times of duty, but that he lost them beliving that they were of no use to him, that he was in actual service not less than three years and on month as a private, and six months as a captain. he states that he knows of no surviving witness that he can prove his claim by. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or anuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state. sworn to an subscribed the day aforesaid. Signed, James Mahan.

The following interrogations were then presented to him by Preston C. Berry, a justice of the peace for the county of Whitley and state of Kentucky.
QUESTION 1st, Where and in what state were you born?
Ans., In Virginia, between Winchester and the Warm Springs in the year 1755.
QUESTION 2nd: Where were you living when called into the service and where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?
Ans., First on the Monogahela river, state of Virginia, then in Green County, Tennessee and now in Whitley County, Kentucky for the last 35 years.
QUESTION 3rd: Have you any record of your age, and if so where is it?
Ans., Yes, my age is recorded in my family Bible now in my possesion.
QUESTION 4th: How were you called into the service?
Ans., First a volunteer, second enlisted, and last a volunteer.
QUESTION 5th: State the names of some of the regular officers that were with the troops where you served, such continental and militia regiments as you can recollect, and the general circumstances of your service.
Ans., I recollect at Fort Pitt Colonels Crawford, Neville, and General McIntosh, but awhether they were regular continental or militia I cannot recollect. I also recollect General Lewis and Govenor Dunmore. I was frequently sent on express from Forrt Pitt to General Lewis' and Dunmores' troops. That he first volunteered in 1774 and was enlisted at Fort Pitt under Captain Drenin as a spy, that he had frewuent excursions on the frontier and acted as a spy, and guard for six months, that he was enlisted at Fort Pitt under Captain Aston and was detained ther to guard prisoners untill they were dismissed and sent home, during which time Captain Aston was killed by a man of the name of Dedrick Smith. He served under Aston twelve months and was discharged. That he then enlisted under Captain Gibson to march to Williamsburg, but by the request of the people of the frontier and at the fort he was retained as a guard and spy under Captain David Scott, and Lieutenant John Mahan, who were under Colonel Crawford for six months. That he then volunteered under Captain McFarland who was under General McIntosh and marched against the Indians on the Tuscarawas river when was built Fort Laurens. That he was seven months on this campaign and was discharged and returned home in the winter and remained there until he got wounded. That he then removed to Tennessee. That he then raised a company and served six months in the capacity of a captain in the Cherokee war under Colonel Sevier.
QUESTION 6th: Did you ever recieve a discharge fro the services, and if so by whom was it given, and what has become of it?
Ans., He recollects of having recieved a discharge, but not by whom it was given. He does recollect that he kept it in his knap bag some time and lost it.
QUESTION 7th: State the names of persons to whom you are known in your neighborhood and who can testify to your correction for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the revolution.
Ans., William Siler, Baker E. Watkins.

We, William Siler, a clergyman residing in the county of Whitley and state of Kentucky, and Baker E. Watkins, residing in the same county and state do herby certify that we are well acquainted with James Mahan who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing declaration and that we believe him to be 78 years of age, and that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a revolutionary soldier.

James Mahan is listed on the DAR Patriot Index.

James and his brother John appeared in Greene County, Tennessee about 1787. Greene County was later split into several counties, James was living in the area that became Sevier County. James then moved to Knox/Whitley County area of Kentucky, then to Bibb County, Alabama, then to Missouri, where he died.

I Found this out about James Mahan

I Found this will of James Miller

ID: I0079 Name: James MILLER 1 Sex: M Birth: 1792 in Jefferson County, Tennessee Death: 1866 in Barbourville, Knox County, Kentucky Burial: On Knoll above the Samuel D. Miller Family Cemetary Note:
James Miller was a farmer, schoolteacher and a Baptist Minister. Some family members say his middle initial was a "C" others list it as a "M". The following will was transcribed by Michelle Reed. JAMES MILLER's WILL WRITTEN: 17 June 1864 PROVEN: May 1866 Knox County, Kentucky Will Book " C " Pg. 78 Knox County Court, May Term 1866 A paper purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of JAMES MILLER was thais day produced in court and proven by the oath of MYNER BRYANT, W B Siler, and ISAAC OWENS subscribing witnesses ther to and ordered of record as follows, State of Kentucky Knox County June 17th 1864 I JAMES of the state & county aforesaid being seventy two years of age being weak in body but perfect in mind knowing that all men have to die I first give my soul to God who gave it and my boddy to the dust from whence it (was taken, is crossed out) came I her (sp?) of one thank God that it is left to me to make distribution of my property. My son WILLIAM MILLER has got his part of the land joining my farm from ISAAC OWENS and C.G. FARISES. My sone ABRAHAM MILLER has his part that he lives on between me and JOSEPH EVANS. I give to my son SAML D. MILLER all the land that I hold in Whitley County to the Knox line. I will unto my sons JAMES MILLER & JOHN MILLER and THOMAS MILLER the balance of my lands to be equally divided between them at my death I want my daughters SARAH & ELIZA to have a home here while they live single I want my sons JOHN & THOMAS to have a young horse or mule each my daughter MARY to have a young horse or mule, my daughter NANCY wife of GEORG T. HABLIN to have seventy dollars for her part of my Estate my daughter ( ? ) wife of JAMES SULLIVAN a horse or mule my daughter M. MARGARET wife of P.J. BIRD has taken money in the place of a horse my daughter SARAH has taken money in the place of a ( nothing was stated) I want her to have a good saddle, also my daughter ELIZA to have a young horse or mule If I cannot fix my daughters with these while I live I want the land that on the river rented out till fetch enough rented for money or grain which ever my son SAMUEL thinks best I want my daughters SARAH and ELIZA to have a good bed and bed clothing each, also my fine bedsteads. The seventy dollars that I will to my daughter NANCY is I think her part I will my other daughters all cattle & sheep all the House & Kitchen furniture. I want my sone THOMAS MILLER to live with some of my children till he is old enough to take care of himself I want SAMUEL MILLER and WILLIAM MILLER to see that my will is done as near as they can my farming tools I want my three youngest sone to have I JAMES MILLER do assign this as my Last will & Testament of my own will and ability. JAMES MILLER (his signature) Witnesses Wm B SILER

July 2nd 1864 my daughter MARY has taken money in place of the horse beast given her

I Found this about Catherine Mahan/Miller and how she died

Catherine Mahan Miller was a mid-wife and it is said that she died one night while returning home with a child, when, her horse fell across a tree felled by lightning, it is also said that Catherine fought with an Indian and killed him with an axe.

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